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American Progress is seeking to fill the positions listed below. We do anticipate other openings in the future and encourage you to check our site often. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress. Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Current Job Openings

Advocacy Associate, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy Associate working for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is the organization’s fast-growing, dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard and empower the next generation of progressive leaders. Through programs in policy, organizing, and communications, Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide and inspires them to embrace progressive values and work for positive change.

The Advocacy Associate works to advance progressive policies at the national, state, and local level through research, writing, speaking, organizing, and work with the media, Congress, and the executive branch. The Advocacy Associate works on one or more of our key national issue areas. These issue areas currently include college affordability; student debt; youth employment; health care; climate change; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, rights; gun violence prevention; campus sexual assault prevention; and immigration.

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Associate Director of Communications, Immigration Policy and Progress 2050

The Associate Director of Communications for Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 will be responsible for working with the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams to develop and implement communications strategy, oversee all communications-related activities and products, and maintain strong press relationships within issue areas. In partnership with other core members of the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams, the Associate Director of Communications will help establish and execute communications priorities, processes, products, and strategies. This position requires more than three years of media and strategic communications experience and strong project-management skills. Political advocacy experience and knowledge of immigration policy and issues related to race and demographic change are required. Spanish language skills are a plus. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Associate Director, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for the Associate Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project.

The ideal candidate has a substantial background in issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, communities; economic or social science research methods; and policy issues related to economic opportunity and racial justice. Candidates must have proven ability to develop innovative research and policy concepts and to critically engage with intersectional analyses of LGBT concerns across issue domains.

This position combines substantive research on issues of importance to LGBT communities with rapid-response policy advocacy and communications efforts. In consultation with the Project Director and other American Progress staff, the Associate Director will drive the team’s policy objectives on both the administrative and legislative fronts, produce written reports and other materials supporting the Project’s research and policy goals, and actively coordinate efforts with other LGBT and allied organizations on the federal and state levels. The Associate Director will also manage the Project’s research portfolio on racial and economic justice.

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Associate Director, Operations

The Associate Director of Operations will work closely with the Managing Director to ensure efficient, day-to-day operational management of American Progress. The Associate Director will help research and implement best practices on a variety of administrative policies and procedures and will serve as a point of contact and manage the organization’s relationships with tenants, vendors, partners, and other organizations.

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Associate Director, Sudans and Horn of Africa, Enough Project

The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region as well as experience in team leadership. The Associate Director will carry out and lead research and impact strategy on the conflict dynamics in the region and related U.S. government and international policy for Enough’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading the Enough Project’s policy and advocacy work on political, economic, and conflict dynamics in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa in collaboration with the Founding Director and under the direction of the Director of Research and Publications/Editorial. This is a position requiring research and report-writing experience, a strong understanding of conflicts in the Horn of Africa, and an ability to lead and manage a team of policy researchers and writers. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent Enough in the media and with U.S. and international policymakers.

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Communications Associate, Ocean Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to support the Ocean Policy program. The Communications Associate will have primary responsibility for all ocean communications activities and will serve a key role supporting the Ocean Policy team by establishing and maintaining relationships with media outlets, enhancing its social media presence, shaping compelling stories to increase the reach and impact of the organization’s ocean policy work, and providing logistical support. The ideal candidate will have experience promoting policy work and translating complex issues into content that is persuasive and accessible to a broad audience, a familiarity with key ocean policy issues and concepts, and strong organizational skills.

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COO and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

American Progress is seeking a COO and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, to serve in the senior finance and administrative role of two tax-exempt, mission-driven organizations: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, known together as American Progress. The COO must have demonstrated success as an effective leader and will serve as a member of the Executive team, helping guide and implement the strategic vision and planning of American Progress. The COO will manage the organizations’ finances and help measure progress against organizational goals, maximizing the use of available resources across departments. The COO will oversee and guide the administrative and human resource activities of American Progress, including operations, insurance and risk management, security, recruiting, onboarding, the design and management of benefits, and employee relations. The COO will also help lead in cultivating the values of American Progress throughout the organizations. The COO will work closely with the Legal and Development teams.

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Creative Strategist

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and visual media background to serve as the Creative Strategist for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action analyzes the political and policy landscape and animates the stakes of that debate by driving oft-repeated analysis that quantifies the true cost of conservative policies and arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight. The Creative Strategist will be responsible for adapting our messages and other work products into actionable content, such as infographics, and determining the best way to move that content out across different digital channels. The Strategist will be responsible for implementing testing regimes around campaigns to ensure growth in audiences, as well as the reach of specific messages during key moments in the news cycle. The Strategist will need to balance rapid-response needs with long-term planning and reading of messaging content and social strategies around known inflection points.

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Data Manager, Higher Ed Not Debt and Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Data Manager for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post-college wealth accumulation—is risking our nation’s future as a middle-class nation.

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Digital Communications Associate, Enough Project

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress that works to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, seeks a Digital Communications Associate. The Digital Communications Associate will be responsible for helping provide support for media relations, communications, marketing, promotion, project management, and administrative support.

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Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy, Enough Project

The Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy will lead and improve advocacy and campaigns, working closely with the Founding Director and senior leadership team to maximize the impact of Enough’s work. While continuing its use of major grassroots campaigns, rigorous analysis and reporting, and engagement with policymakers, influencers, leaders, and governments, the Enough Project is embarking on an array of new and dynamic initiatives, including an expansion of the Satellite Sentinel Project to include in-depth forensic investigations to map and shatter illicit financial networks that fuel war and atrocities.

This position will play a decisive role in developing and executing strategies across all of Enough’s initiatives and programs to ensure mission-driven impact. In doing so, the Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy will leverage and further develop an arsenal of assets and relationships, mobilize and align Enough’s division teams, manage broad grassroots constituencies and campaigns, lead government and policy engagement, and track and evaluate qualitative and quantitative metrics of success. This individual will be responsible for supervising campaigns, advocacy, and Enough Fellow staff, as well as providing them with clear and effective guidance and support—especially with regard to shared priorities and strategic approaches across teams. The Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy will work with the Founding Director and relevant staff to develop and lead the implementation of scalable campaigns that effectively leverage the organization’s research, engage its activist base, and utilize its key relationships. This individual will mentor and supervise advocacy and campaign staff while providing effective guidance and support, especially with regard to advocacy initiatives, policy priorities, and strategic approaches across teams.

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Director, Foundation Relations

American Progress seeks a self-starter with strong written and verbal communications skills, as well as an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Director, Foundation Relations. This position helps American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and to help produce written communications for the organization. The Director will be an integral member of the development leadership team, overseeing and expanding a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from the organization’s constituency over the next several years.

The Director is responsible for all foundation fundraising and works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3), and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4), in order to become familiar with program content and make the case for support for various programs; conduct ongoing research to identify foundation funding opportunities; collaborate on strategies for approaching foundation prospects; and track all foundation activity and deadlines. The Director will also supervise the Foundation Relations Manager.

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Director, Human Resources

American Progress seeks an experienced Director for Human Resources. This position reports to the Managing Director of Administration and works closely with all members of Administration team as well as with staff throughout the organization. The Director will provide leadership on human resources by developing policies and programs for the entire organization. He/she will be responsible for managing the functional areas of human resource operations, including employment, benefits administration, training and development, and employee relations. We seek candidates who can work with a large staff in a fast-paced environment.

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Economic Program Director, CAP Action

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong advocacy and strategic communications background to serve as the Economic Program Director for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action analyzes the political and policy landscape to quantify the true cost of conservative policies. This analysis pushes the political debate forward and arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight. The Director will be responsible for developing short- and long-term communications efforts to advance progressive economic policies. The Economic Program Director’s work will include rapid response, writing, coordination with national and state partners, and development of advocacy campaigns.

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Education Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a D.C.-based Education Reporter to work with the team that produces ThinkProgress.

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Field Director, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Field Director for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’s dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in policy, advocacy, and communications on issues including affordable education, student debt, LGBT rights, immigration reform, climate change, gun-violence prevention, and voting rights.

This senior-level staff position is part of Generation Progress’s leadership team, supervises advocacy staff, and directs all field programs within the issue campaigns. This position requires a passion for leadership development, progressive policy change, the ability to work in coalition with other progressive organizations, and strategic planning, implementation, and follow-up.

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Foundation Relations Manager

A key position with American Progress’s Development department, the Foundation Relations Manager will manage the administrative and planning elements of foundation relations. S/he will work closely with the Director, Foundations Relations on tracking the department’s progress toward meeting the organization’s annual fundraising goal. S/he will also track grant deadlines, draft grant proposals and reports, and conduct research on potential funders and fundraising opportunities.

The position requires a thorough understanding of donor management and the ability to manage relationships with internal staff, as well as foundation contacts.

This position is ideal for deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized professionals who are committed to a progressive policy agenda. S/he will become familiar with program content necessary to help make the case for support for foundation prospects; conduct ongoing research to identify prospects; assist with planning and execution of one-on-one meetings and other events; track all foundation activity; and draft briefings for executive leadership and foundation meetings.

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Help Desk Technician II, Technology

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Help Desk Technician II to manage and maintain cloud-based solutions, provide technical support, and follow best practices. The technician will help develop, execute, and maintain current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology while providing quality service to American Progress’ staff.

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Legal Assistant

American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join American Progress’ Legal team. The Legal team manages the legal matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, and its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.

This is a great opportunity for individuals contemplating law school to see how a nonprofit organization develops its legal infrastructure and to learn what it is like to work in house. As a member of the Legal team, the Legal Assistant will work on a variety of projects and receive excellent training in and exposure to tax law, election law, contracting, corporate governance, and employment issues for nonprofit organizations. The Legal Assistant will primarily assist with the administrative duties of the team and the General Counsel.

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Media Relations Specialist, Enough Project

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress that works to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, seeks a Media Relations Specialist. The Media Relations Specialist will be responsible for providing support for media relations, communications, marketing, promotion, project management, and administrative tasks.

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Organizing Associate, Higher Ed Not Debt

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post‐college wealth accumulation—is risking our nation’s future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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Policy Advocate, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Advocate within the Generation Progress team. This person would assist in developing policy recommendations that better the lives of Millennials while both tracking and aiding their progression from concept to reality. The work will be focused within the broad domestic areas of economic justice, human rights, and democracy.

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Policy Analyst, Central African Republic, Enough Project

Reporting to the Director of Research and Editorial and working in collaboration with staff and contractors on the Central African Republic, or CAR, the Policy Analyst on the Central African Republic will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict in CAR and the surrounding region, including the war economy and sources of financing for the conflicting parties. The Policy Analyst will also focus on related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, communications, and advocacy efforts. This is a position requiring three main areas of expertise: deep, field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in CAR and the region, including on conflict resources such as diamonds, gold, and ivory that are smuggled to international markets to fund armed groups; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. Fluency in French is required.

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Policy Analyst, Faith and Progressive Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Faith Team Policy Analyst. The analyst will work under the direction of the Director of Faith and Public Policy on a variety of policy issues, with a strong focus on religious liberty. The analyst’s responsibilities will span across several issue areas, including economic inequality, religious liberty, and related issues. The analyst will work both independently and with American Progress’s other policy teams to produce new research for the Faith team and the Center.

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Policy Outreach Manager, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

The recently launched Washington Center for Equitable Growth, housed at the Center for American Progress, is a new, independent, and nonpartisan research and education project that seeks to generate policy-relevant answers to one of the most pressing questions facing America: How can our nation achieve more equitable economic growth? The Policy Outreach Manager will use Equitable Growth’s cutting-edge research to change the conventional wisdom on Capitol Hill and beyond. He or she will work with the Senior Director for Policy and Academic Programs to create, coordinate, and manage relationships, alliances, and partnerships with policymakers and advocates on a range of economic policy issues related to the Equitable Growth mission. The right candidate will be skilled at cultivating relationships, an extraordinary advocate, a highly organized administrator, an excellent problem solver, and passionate about our mission.

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Research Analyst, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, housed at the Center for American Progress, is a new, nonpartisan research and education project that will engage with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and around the world. An important part of Equitable Growth’s mission includes providing grants to academic economists and social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Equitable Growth is seeking a Research Analyst to support and undertake independent research on equitable growth and public policy and support efforts to engage with the academic community. Since Equitable Growth is a new organization, we are seeking candidates who are entrepreneurial, team players, good problem solvers, and interested in helping address the myriad challenges associated with building a new institution.

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Research Associate, CAP Action

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong research and communications background to serve as the Research Associate for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to promote progressive policies.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region, Enough Project

The Senior Policy Analyst focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, and the Great Lakes Region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in eastern DRC—as well as related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy—for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. This position requires three main areas of expertise: deep field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in Congo and the Great Lakes region; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Firearms Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst for the Gun Policy team who will work to advance the organization’s work to support common-sense legislative and policy solutions to gun violence. The Senior Policy Analyst will work with the Director of Crime and Firearms Policy to develop ideas for new policy research into gun violence, conduct original research, and draft comprehensive reports with a focus on state-specific research and analysis in key states.

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Special Assistant, External Affairs

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for External Affairs. The External Affairs department focuses on amplifying American Progress’s voice through outreach to elected and appointed officials at the federal, state, and local levels and marketing to other influential audiences. The Special Assistant works as a member of the External Affairs team and is responsible for supporting departmental projects and duties. Since External Affairs works across all policy departments and closely with the other outreach teams, the Special Assistant must often lead cross-departmental projects and outreach efforts, and is responsible for maintaining an accurate sense of all products, events, and organizational priorities. Additionally, the Executive Vice President, or EVP, for External Affairs serves as a member of the Center’s Executive Committee, and the Special Assistant will occasionally support the Executive Committee’s work. The Special Assistant provides general administrative support for the EVP for External Affairs as well as limited administrative support for other team members.

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State Advocacy Associate, CAP Action

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and organizing background to serve as the State Advocacy Associate for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to promote progressive policies.

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Vice President, Government Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Vice President of Government Affairs. This position—which is part of American Progress’s External Affairs team—has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’s relationships with the executive branch, elected officials, and their staffs. The External Affairs department works to promote progressive policies and ideas among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.

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Voting Campaign Manager, CAP Action

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and political background to serve as the Voting Campaign Manager for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action analyzes the political and policy landscape, and animates the stakes of that debate by driving oft-repeated analysis that quantifies the true cost of conservative policies and arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight. The Voting Campaign Manager will be responsible for rapid response, writing, coordination with national and state partners, and development of advocacy campaigns.

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Web Developer

American Progress is looking for a talented Web Developer to create platforms and tools that advance progressive causes. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites, including a few heavyweights such as americanprogress.org and thinkprogress.org. The team leverages technologies, such as WordPress and Amazon Web Services, or AWS, to move quickly with tight deadlines and a lot of competing priorities.

The Web Technology team helps policy teams and journalists create awesome content; the ideal candidate needs to be great with code, design, and users. The Web Developer will be involved with every aspect of putting content on the Internet, from the server infrastructure all the way up the web stack to the user’s browser. American Progress sites are fluid and responsively designed to work on both desktop and mobile and also integrate with CRM platforms such as Salesforce and Eloqua.

On this team, employees have the chance to grow their skill sets, as well as contribute their ideas. Candidates need to be comfortable working independently, communicating one-on-one with users, and making architectural choices that support maintainability and scalability. American Progress wants a developer who can both learn and teach.

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